London hosts Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague will host in London the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

End Sexual Violence in ConflictThe Summit to be held at the ExCel Centre from 10th to 13th June 2014, will be the largest international event ever held on the issue of sexual violence in conflict.

All the governments that have endorsed the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict are invited, as well as legal, military and judicial practitioners and representatives from multilateral organisations, NGOs and civil society.

The UK government said they want this Summit to be the moment that the world wakes up and says that sexual violence is not an inevitable part of war.

The Summit will identify specific actions to improve investigations/documentation of sexual violence in conflict, and to provide greater support and assistance and reparation for survivors, including child survivors, of sexual violence. It will also identify actions to ensure sexual and gender based violence responses and the promotion of gender equality are fully integrated in all peace and security efforts, including security and justice sector reform. It will further identify actions to improve international strategic co-ordination.

Open from 0900 to 2000 from 10th to 12th June, the Global Summit Fringe will aim to increase awareness of sexual violence in conflict and why now is the #TimeToAct to end it.

The Fringe is free to attend and there is no need to register in advance.

One of the creative events taking place in the Fringe is the European premier of Charming Baker’s Faith’s Leap, presented by Jealous Gallery.

End Sexual Violence in ConflictMr Baker said: “I’ve got two pieces showing at the Summit. The pieces weren’t about conflict specifically, but they were about human fears, about overcoming crippling fears or the idea of problems or constraints. I think art can do something. It’s not that it should entertain, but it should engage you enough and make you think.

“A Summit like this can open the doors, rather than pretending this scary thing isn’t happening. If we can get people there and make them aware and get them to see what’s going on, without scaring them off. Just saying that this is the truth, let’s deal with it, let’s do something about it.”

Silent Cinema – featuring over 30 films and shorts including ‘Seeds of Hope’ – ‘They Slept With Me’ – ‘Through Our Eyes’ – ‘The Whistleblower’ – ‘Banaz – a Love Story’ – ‘The Greatest Silence; Rape in the Congo’ will be screened at the Fringe.

A full interactive programme of events can be seen here: